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VA/DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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VA/DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 3 Nov 2010 17:25:34 -0400
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At an FLL tournament it is best if team members do things themselves to the
greatest extent possible.  Otherwise it gives the impression that the team
members don't understand things and did not do the work themselves.

In particular, for sensor calibration:

Rule 17 permits calibration of light sensors before the match begins, as
part of robot preparation.
Rule 4 states that "At the tournament, only TWO team members at a time are
allowed right up at the competition table except during repair
emergencies."  Rule 4 also allows "different [team] members to tag in or out
as desired at any time."
Specifically, only team members are allowed to operate and handle the robot,
which includes calibration.  So the answer is "no, a coach wouldn't be
expected to do calibration."

During a match (and at other times), Coaches are there to support and root
for the team, and help them get places on time, handle registration
paperwork, and so on.  They wouldn't be expected to be directing the team to
do things or doing things that a team member could do.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor


On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM, Viquar Shaikh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hello
>
> Are the coaches allowed to assist the team to calibrate the light sensors
> prior to their first competition round?
>
> --
> Thanks,
> Viquar
> Team Avatar Robotics - # 8637
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